Spicy Coconut Curry

As I wait for my husband to finish up his PhD in the US and join me (soon), I moved into a basement apartment today. I couldn’t be happier!

When I initially relocated from ON to BC a few months ago, I decided to rent a little room in a big house with a family of four. The pros, the room had its own bathroom and I paid month to month, rent was affordable and internet was included. The cons, I shared everything else. I realized within a few weeks I needed my own space – to cook when I wanted, to not have to overhear family arguments, to not have to make polite unnecessary conversations early in the morning when all I really wanted to do was to drink my coffee in peace and head off to work.

My little basement apartment is equivalent in rent as the previous room, month to month, internet included, closer to work and well I can do what I want, when I want 🙂 It was a steal. The first thing I did after moving in and setting up was 1) go grocery shopping and 2) make some delicious (IMO) coconut curry.

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Spicy Coconut Curry (Vegan) – this feeds two people

  • 1 can of coconut milk (plus half a can of water to thin the curry)
  • 1 long green chili
  • 1 small-medium green pepper
  • 2 small potatoes
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil/vegetable oil
  • half a red onion
  • 1 clove garlic
  • small piece of ginger 
  • half teaspoon of jeera/cumin seeds
  • 1/4 teaspoon turmeric, Sriracha sauce to taste, 1 teaspoon Bombay sandwich masala powder
  • salt to taste
  • coriander to garnish

I microwaved the potatoes until they were soft. Peeled and cut into smaller pieces. Heat up 1 tablespoon of 

Heat the oil, add jeera until they are brown (the aroma is magical). Add the chopped onions and garlic, salt to taste, sauté until golden brown.  Add sandwich masala and turmeric.

Then add the potatoes, chopped green peppers, chopped green chili, and chunky ginger. Stir, not too much though because the potatoes will fall apart.

Finally, add the coconut milk (thin with water) and Sriracha sauce as per your spice meter. Let simmer. Add more salt if needed.

At the end coriander to garnish.

I had this with roti. Feel free to eat it with rice, it is really delicious and filling! 🙂 Enjoy!

Priceless Advice…

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My attending physician looked me straight in the eye today and gave me some very important advice. ALWAYS remember your nurses’ names. They will make or break you. 

I felt very embarrassed. I called a nurse by the wrong name today. YIKES! I have been so busy trying to make sure I did well with my patients and attendings that I did not use my brain cells to remember the nurses’ names. We talk, we smile and we have polite conversations, I even buy Timbits for the whole staff, but why didn’t I remember their names?! No excuse! It’s the polite thing to do. 

The family resident who sat beside me, waited until our attending physician left and then said empathetically, “Want me to give you a cheat sheet?” I then proceeded to write down everyone’s names. Not kidding. I will not forgot……and I make fun of my Dad for forgetting names…yikes!

 

 

Developmental Milestones

Something I am always having trouble with, these damned milestones! I came across this video which is pretty simple and covers the main points of developmental milestones. Pictures really do help us remember better.

Continue to have fun!

When we have a career goal and go out to achieve it we’re bound to face obstacles and not meet the “timelines” we set for ourselves.

  • By my early-20s I will graduate with a bachelor’s degree in ____
  • By my early-30s I will graduate from medical school and start working as a physician..
  • and…then I will join a fellowship program at a prestigious school in ____
  • After that, I will pursue groundbreaking clinical research…

The list continues. By the time we reach our early and mid-30s we realize…hmm….it didn’t really happen the way we had it all planned out now. Ok, I get it, it’s upsetting…it WAS upsetting for several years. Then I realized, well actually my to-be fiancé (years ago) asked me – are you happy? Have you still been enjoying your life through this process? The answer was, no, because I felt guilty.

We can chase after our career goals and work hard, but are we still enjoying our lives along the way? Life truly is short and I don’t want to be 50 or 70 and think, man…I could have done x, y, and z in the process!

Surround yourself with positive people. Socialize, date, meet your soulmate, get married and have multiple receptions! Explore, go on that trip (doesn’t have to be a fancy expensive one) and enjoy it to the maximum! Hike, bike, paint, read a novel, dance! Listen to music and attend concerts! Take up classes – music, baking, meditation, learn a new language! Make happy memories. Laugh. A lot. & DON’T FEEL GUILTY

It’s good for the mind, body, and soul.

I will leave you with a wonderful video:

Cat & Dog Love

Hi everyone, Happy Friday!!!

I am temporarily renting a bedroom in a house with a family that has both a cat, Ms. Charleston and a dog, Mr. Toby 🙂 Initially, we (me and the animals) were hesitant of each other. No petting, just a Hi and we would go our ways….but in the past two weeks, we’ve become closer; to the point where the dog and cat have found its way into my bedroom at 5:30 in the morning to stare at me! Do they know I am moving out next week? Can they feel it?

I found a video of exactly how Ms. Charleston behaves when she is around me. I never thought I would be a cat person, I think I am falling in love. Enjoy! BTW, the black cat in this video is how Ms. Charleston looks ❤

How do I keep motivated?

What kept me motivated all these years?  My parents, my husband, my friends, random strangers who shared their struggle-success stories and definitely myself as well. There were days I did not want to get up out of bed. I did not see the point of waking up and having to open my email to see multiple rejection letters. Not knowing anymore why I chose this field, should I have gone another route? 1001 questions from family abroad/uncles and aunties of what am I doing sitting at home? Debt growing. An MD and jobless.

When I set out on this journey and decided to go abroad to study medicine I did not think for one second I would face so many challenges AFTER graduating with my MD. I mean doesn’t having an MD mean multiple doors will open for me? Not really. There are a lot of factors that go into what a residency looks for:

  • School I graduated from and year of graduation (recent clinical experience)
  • Board exam scores and attempts (USMLE 1, 2, 3 and Canadian MCCEE, NAC OSCE, MCCQE1)
  • Experience in the Canadian system (I don’t think the US relies too heavily on rotations in the US anymore)
  • LORs
  • Canada – you must be a citizen/PR and must be a provincial resident for some programs
  • US – they provide visas, although in the current political environment I am not sure how this is working out
  • CONNECTIONS CONNECTIONS CONNECTIONS
  • What sets me apart from other applicants? What makes me unique?

I have always been an average student who needs to put in extra effort in everything. I don’t have stellar scores on my board exams so that definitely affected/affects me through this process. What do I work on then? Connections, unique jobs/research/volunteer work that sets me apart from others and clinical experience. I do extremely well when I am working directly with doctors and patients and that shows my interest and work ethic. The application of clinical knowledge. 

Years upon years of struggle makes one numb to NOs/closing doors after a while. That could be a good thing because you are not too emotionally affected and still learn to jump out of bed and go after the next opportunity. Isn’t it this that made me leave my non-clinical paying job, my family and friends in Ontario to pursue an unpaid clinical trainee opportunity in BC? I knew only the doctor who gave me a chance and took me on as a trainee. I feel blessed. I love what I do!

I don’t know where this will lead me, but one thing that will resonate with me forever is the advice I was given by an IMG who matched after 6 years of trying in Canada – do not leave any stone unturned.